North Port runner found safe after failing to return following half-marathon

A Sarasota County Sheriff's report says Kitcher was last seen at the beginning of the race.

Update (8 p.m. Sunday): The sheriff’s office says she has been found safe. No other details have been released.


VENICE, Fl. (WFLA) – Investigators with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing North Port woman who failed to return after taking part in a half-marathon Sunday morning.

Melissa A. Kitcher, 37, was last seen at the start time of the event but it appears she did not finish the course.

According to a SCSO report the missing woman was taking part in the ‘Trail Hog’ half-marathon in Venice.

If you have any information on Melissa’s whereabouts please contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at 941-861-4260 or just dial 9-1-1.

The investigation continues. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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